We woke up to some very exciting news this morning – we’ve become surrogate grandparents once again! As proud supporters of New Zealand’s Kākāpō Recovery Programme, we were delighted to find out the first chick of 2019 hatched yesterday in Pukenui. With approximately only 160 of our feathered friends left on earth, we warmly welcome the pitter patter of tiny claws.
Weighing 28 grams – which is about the mass of a light bulb – the little parrot came into the world yesterday, Wednesday January 30th. The chick was a huge surprise to the conservations workers on the Kākāpō Recovery team, with kākāpō births usually taking place towards the end of February. You know what they say, early bird gets the worm!
The child of Waikawa and her mystery man, the chick has been given the temporary ID of Waikawa -2-A-2019 – what ever happened to good old fashioned Polly?! Internet users quickly took to their keyboards to point out that the chick looks as though it’s wearing a tiny toupee. We can’t un-see it either.
As an exhibition stand design company and ardent champions of the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, we love to do as much as we can for these incredible little birds. Last year, we donated a stand to the programme which made the 11,760 mile trip to the land down under the land down under in order to help team members educate the public on their “Spokesbird Tour.” As humans remain the biggest threat to the survival of the kākāpō, the team’s work on the Spokesbird Tour was vital to informing the public about the risk of the birds vanishing from the earth. Like all Prestige stands, Kākāpō Recovery’s exhibition stand is sustainable and reusable, thus minimising damage to the birds’ habitat.
Here’s hoping the chick is the first of many, and the kākāpō class of 2019 continues to grow! To find out more about our involvement with the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, please click here.
Photo courtesy of the Kākāpō Recovery Programme.